The last we heard from Italy's Easy Trigger was a the end of 2012 and their debut album, Bullshit, a solid album of melodic hard rock and metal in the Eighties punk and sleaze tradition. But recent years have been difficult with numerous personnel changes including going through two more singers. Nevertheless, with vocalist Nico on board and helping with both lyrics and arranging, Easy Trigger delivers Ways Of Perseverance.
From the start, one thing you can be assured of, Easy Trigger sticks with their chosen genre and sound. Perhaps the punk influence has diminished some, giving way to a more metal edge. The riffage and leads are definitely more bracing and sharp. They're both raw and present and often strangle the vocal arrangement. As a vocalist, Nico sings clean, but also a bit raw and sometimes screamo. Comments from the band in a press release suggest that Nico has brought a blues influence to the band's sound. I wonder. If anything it's latent and subdued. Maybe somewhat with Turn To Stone or Sold Out.
Fundamentally, I think my conclusion about Ways Of Perseverance turns largely on ambivalence. Listening, I never had the feeling that the band was moving forward, nor did I find any song particularly interesting. Possibly The Watchmaker and Tell Me A Story, but that's about it. The guitar solos were awesome, so there's a bonus. Otherwise, I won't be spinning Easy Trigger's Ways Of Perseverance again anytime soon. Listen below. You may feel differently.
Fundamentally, I think my conclusion about Ways Of Perseverance turns largely on ambivalence. Listening, I never had the feeling that the band was moving forward, nor did I find any song particularly interesting.
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